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Bitten on the job: Handling a dog bite

You deliver packages for a living. You're an employee, and you are on the job regularly. You've become familiar with the neighborhood pets. You know which pets are likely to feel aggressive toward you and which are friendly.

Lately, you've noticed one dog in particular that seems to have become aggressive when he sees you. You asked the owner politely to make sure the dog is restrained when you approach, just in case it decides to snap. The owner plays off the issue, letting you know that the pet would never bite a person.

It was no more than a few days later when the very same pet ran out from the front door and bit into your leg. It only wanted the package, but when you wouldn't drop it, it attacked you. Now, you have a serious injury that affects your ability to work.

Workers' compensation covers dog bites on the job

Fortunately, if you're hurt on the job, you have a right to workers' compensation. Immediately after the bite, you need to seek medical attention. Once you're stable and have received treatment, you should report your injury to your employer. Your employer can help you begin the process for filing a workers' compensation claim.

Owners are liable for their dogs' behaviors

Owners are liable for the way their pets behave. If, for some reason, you are not entitled to workers' compensation, you can still pursue a claim against the owner directly. Usually, if you are an independent contractor, this is the way you'll need to make a claim in order to receive compensation.

Dog bites cause serious injuries and have to be treated with care. After a bite, get the medical care you need. Your claim is secondary to your health.

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